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central's world news headquarters in new york, this is the daily show with jon stewart. (cheers and applause) captioning sponsored by comedy central >> jon: welcome to the daily show, my name is jon stewart, man! do we have a good show for you tonight. tonight's guest peter tomsen, author of a new book "the wars of afghanistan" that's right, plural, wars. as you know, debt ceiling discussions, coming down to the wire. political leaders on both sides pulling out all the stops. all the stops. like the kind of stops that high school football coaches use before homecoming games in particular at thiscious small towns. >> kevin mccarthy a third ranking republican in the house urged republicans to unite behind boehner's plan by showing this clip from the movie "the town" >> the town? (laughter) "the town", no rudy-- "rudy" "brian song" or "300" or "rocky" or "rocky 2" or "rocky 3" or really any of the "rockies" you went with the boston bank rubbers in nun costumes clip. >> well, there is going to be good. (laughter) let's see the clip-- (cheers and applause) >> that the republicans use
are we going to take? (laughter) (applause) >> jon: let me see if i understand this metaphor. the establishment republicans are saying to the tea party upstarts hey, you know the violent, unstable borderline socio path from "the town" who's useful in a pinch but whose suicidal single minded mania will ultimately be his downfall? that's you guys. (laughter) and the guy who is stuck in an uneasy alliance with you but doesn't really like you and ultimately saves himself by walking away from you as you are dying, that's us. (laughter) so do we have your vote? (laughter) i'm going to assume most of the tea party coalition has not seen the whole movie. >> allen west liked what he heard. >> so i got up and told the speaker i will drive the car. (laughter) quick, robin, to the bat [bleep] mobile. still, if nothing else, the democratic response to the republican's use of that clip from the movie "the town" did lead to one of my favorite recent moments in cable news. i give you chuck schumer maschugana movie breakdown. >> in the scene they inspire their house freshman, one of the crook
: "happening now" starts now. jon: we begin with this fox news alert, breaking news and new video from mumbai, indian where three large explosions have rocked that city. we are getting reports that at least eight people are dead. more than a hundred injured in what appears to be a series of coordinated attacks. the blasts coincide with the birthday of the only surviving gunman from the 2008 mumbai attacks nearly three years ago. those attacks killed 166 people. let's go to kt mcfarland a fox news national security analyst and host of fox news.come live depth con 3. is it too early to assign responsibility. >> reporter: it is too early. a couple of things we need to keep in mind about the whole region, the last terrorist attacks, the mumbai attacks, the mumbai-style terrorist attacks on the hotel in mumbai those were ultimately traced, unofficially to the pakistani intelligence services. there are a couple of conclusions we want to make prior to making any real conclusions, probably is there a connection to pakistan unofficial or otherwise. is this the first attack that we're going to see and
. we'll keep you posted as soon as we learn anything. jon: thank you, rick. and a good tuesday morning to you, post 4th of july holiday. i'm jon scott. patti ann: and i'm patti ann brown in for jenna lee. we are on verdict watch in the casey anthony murder trial. the jury deliberating for its first full day. the seven women and five men spent six hours discussing the case yesterday. jon: of course they are charged with deciding whether casey anthony, the woman you see there, killed her 2-year-old daughter, or if, as the defense claims, little caylee drowned in the family pool, an accident that snowballed out of control. phil keith live in orlando for us. casey anthony's attorney was not in court this morning. why, phil? >> we don't know. apparently jose baez was running a bit late, as all of the spectators were exiting the courtroom after the judge asked the jurors whether they had headed hiheeded his admonitionst discussed anything about this case after they were released from court last night at 6:00pm. everybody left, the jurors went back into the delib kraeugs room. then jose baez
jon: you go, mila! we begin with a fox news alert out of seattle. police there are searching for a gunman who walked up to a parked car last night and shot four people, killing one of them. rick folbaum is watching the breaking news for us today. rick: unbelievable, this guy simply walked away after the shooting and one of the victims we're told, a 19-year-old woman who was pregnant, and you said there were three other victims as well, a 16-year-old girl, a 20-year-old man, and a 17-year-old boy, all of whom are expected to survive, and all four victims either sitting in or sitting on the hood of parked cars, three different cars in a neighborhood in south seattle, and here's the description that the police are giving right now, a black man, 6-foot one, in his 20s, stocky build, wearing a white t-shirt and black hooded north face jacket, his hair, in corn rows. there is a local report, we should tell you, that police have someone in potential, the potential suspect they're talking to, but anyone with information about the case is asked to call 911 or the seattle police homici
's asking tab to send in your questions. in. jon: and this fox news alert out of minnesota where the governor just signed a new budget ending one of the longest-ever state government shutdowns. harris is live with the breaking story for us. harris? is. >> reporter: yeah. there were a lot of people wondering how this one would come together. minnesota governor mark dayton has just signed an agreement he struck with leading republicans after months of very bitter arguments over taxes and spending cuts. they were trying to close a pretty sizable deficit in their spending there, and they have been brutal on this issue for quite some time. you see some video from early on in those discussions, people on all sides of the issue. the government shut down july 1st, and that laid off 22,000 state employees, stopped road projects, people couldn't get licensing for all sorts of things like fishing and what not be, and it's a big recreational state. it cost the state millions in be lost revenue from lottery sales, tax audits, park fees and licensing fees, so on and so forth, but now they can
possible but that's not possible all over the place. >> jon: do we have unrealistic expectations about the idea of rebuilding countries that we in some ways helped unbuild? ( laughter ) >> look, in afghanistan, we helped drive the soviets out of there. we pulled out of there in 89, 90 91. we know what happened in the next 10 years, the people in expwafg in terms of 9/11. i don't think we want to go through that again. if that means we have to keep 100,000 troops there forever, it's a war that was underresourced under president bush. president obama did the right thing, i think, in surging there and i think we can draw down as long as we do so responsibly. it's not easy, though, and there's no one solution for each part of the world, obviously. but we can't turn our backs on the world, jon. i know you would like to. i don't want to fight a strawman here. >> jon: i'm very fond of the world. ( laughter ) i don't want people to get hurt-- >> and the world is very fond of you. >> jon: right now, the military and military families are bearing an overwhelming weight of these wars, and i
in abc's senior political correspondent jon karl tonight, also right there in washington. and jon, you've been digging into what's been going on behind the scenes here and you told me, you have the president and republican house speaker john boehner actually close to a deal and then what happened? >> reporter: that's right. they were both ready to at least begin talking about this big deal, but what happened is, speaker boehner faced the opposition, not only from tea party members of congress, but from his own leadership. eric cantor, the number two republican in the house, actually told him point blank that he would not support such a big deal if it included anything that could be called tax increases. and cantor said, not only will you not have his support, but he would lose many, many republicans in the house. >> and jon, it was not only eric cantor on the republican side, but nancy pelosi on the democratic side giving the president trouble. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. and i've spoken to a lot of top democratic leaders about this. former speaker pelosi made it clear that she was
>> jon: that's our show. here it is, your moment of zen. ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by comedy central captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org >> stephen: tonight the fcc rules about whether i can talk about my pac on the air. spoilary all right, i'm talking about my pac on the air. then, can we trust pakistan to find out i'll close my eyes and fall into their arms. (laughter) >> stephen: and my guest timothy garton ash believes reporting the facts can change the course of history. then again, so can wikipedia. a french couple has adopted a 265 pound gor la. and in tomorrow's news, a french couple is malled by newly orphanned gor la. this is "the colbert report." captioning sponsored by comedy central ( theme song playing ) ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: welcome to the report, everybody! thank you for joining us. thank you, everybody. stephen, stephen, stephen! stephen, stephen, stephen! >> stephen: beautiful, thank you so much, everybody. you're too kind. (cheers and applause) >> stephen: folks, thank you, thank you here, up there, i want to say i had to a
( cheers and applause ) >> jon: that's our show. join us tomorrow night i believe at 11:00. luis c.k.will be in the studio with us. unfortunately you people will not. here it is your moment of zen. >> found a place to cool off. >> surfing the seal river. check that out. have you ever seen anything like that? >> new york city plans to feed geese to the homeless. the city will actually send the birds captured around its airports to pennsylvania to a >> stephen: tonight the fcc rules about whether i can talk about my pac on the air. spoilary all right, i'm talking about my pac on the air. then, can we trust pakistan to find out i'll close my eyes and fall into their arms. (laughter) >> stephen: and my guest timothy garton ash believes reporting the facts can change the course of history. then again, so can wikipedia. a french couple has adopted a 265 pound gor la. and in tomorrow's news, a french couple is malled by newly orphanned gor la. this is "the colbert report." captioning sponsored by comedy central ( theme song playing ) ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: welcome to the repo
and roasted garlic seafood bake or sn crab and crab butter shrimp. [ jon i wouldn'tut it my table at home, i wouldn't bring it in. my name's jon forsythe, and i sea fd differently. >> a plane crash in south america ends in a miracle, everyone survived. the caribbean jet left for georgetown. the officials are still investigating what caused the pilot to overshoot the runway. 163 people and 100 suffered jurisdiction but they all made it out alive. the boeing 711 narrowly missed going into a ravine. >> where is celina cass? they hope for clues saying they have 100 officers on stand by in case they need them in the search. the reward money jumps to $25,000 for anyone on the where bas. celina cass lastt seen in stewartstown. they have searched woods and pools and ponds. >> no sign of her. police are confident they have the right guy, but they were wrong. now the suspect in a beating of a san francisco giant fan is speaking out. ramirez was exxonerated after two other men were arrested for the beating in dodgers' stadium. ramirez said police rushed to judgment and said i am upset not for myself bu
the state park system under such diress across the country. host: we are talking to jon jarvis about the state of national parks. get involved in the information. number numbers on the bottom of the screen. you can also get in touch by e-mail and twitter. there's the commemoration of bull run. these do not happen on national parks. guest: beginning this last april, we began the 150th commemoration of the events leading up to and through the entire civil war, so the first battle of bull run was the first major battle in the civil war and occurred just 26 miles south of here. a little west of washington d.c. and so on thursday of this past week, we had a commemoration in virginia, me and a variety of folks that really talked in detail about the transformative effect of the civil war on this country. this was a battle that no one thought would be more than a skirmish. people took their picnic baskets down to watch a shot little fight. turned out they were 5000 suales. this was a seminole moment in the course of history and leading up to civil rights in this country. we do not allow thes
. the power to solve this is in our hands. >> arthel: meanwhile, arizona senator jon kyl delivering the republican address. he is accusing democrats of using the debt crisis to raise taxes instead of viewing it as an opportunity to rein in spending. >> unfortunately, after weeks of negotiations, it became clear that democrats in washington did not view this crisis as an opportunity to rein in spending. instead, they saw it as an opportunity to impose huge tax increases on american families and small businesses. president obama is simply too committed to the european style of big government, that his policies have set in motion. to democrats in washington, the isn't to cut spending, but to raise taxes and keep on spending. democrats claim they would only target the privileged few, but behind the scenes, they argue for much broader tax increases. >> arthel: it looks like we may be hearing from senator reid very soon. in the meantime, the senate is expected to vote early sunday morning to cut off debate on its own debt ceiling plan. rick? >> rick: just as advertised, senator harry reid
jon: you know his mother is so proud. molee line it's been great working with you. >> reporter: it's en a pleasure. jon: thank you for joining us. >> reporter: "america live" starts now. >> reporter: after six weeks of emotional, gut wrenching and at times bizarre testimony the jury in the casey anthony murder trial is deliberating whether the 25-year-old is guilty or in sent of murdering her two-year-old daughter caylee. welcome to "america live," in for megyn kelly this july 4th. i'm rick folbaum. >> reporter: the arguments were much like the rest of the trial. they were combative, and punctuated with recordings. here is linda drane burdick wrapping up the state's case against casey anthony. >> the way these remains were disposed of show complete, complete indifference to the child. it speaks volumes about how the person who disposed of her really felt about her. >> reporter: phil keating is outside the courtroom now there for all the action in orlando. all right, phil they have a lot of options here, the first one is capital murder which requires premeditation, and that is what
you find a good one, tell me about him. >> where might i look. >> stephen: jon stewart. (laughter) he's really funny. he's really funny. let me ask you, political writing from a decade without a name this past decade, you mean. >> it's a weird decade which in a way begins with 9/11 and i think ends on the fourth of november 2008 when barack obama was elected president. and i think the very different agenda comes because obama's election comes with a financial and economic crisis. and suddenly that whole narrative which is that we're living through the fourth world war, that world history for the next 20, 30 years will is all going to be about the battle with islamist terrorism t doesn't seem to be quite like that any more. >> stephen: what is the battle? where is the fourth world war? >> i'm not sure. let's hope there isn't the fourth world war but what i do think, i have an account in this book of a very extraordinary meeting with george w bush in the early summer of 2001. don't look like that. >> stephen: hi an extraordinary meeting with him too once. but go ahead. >> i want to hear
's why i think folks like mitt romney and others. >> jon huntsman. >> and others are very nervous about that rise. >> jon huntsman and tim pawlenty, they must all be nervous. >> absolutely. >> thanks so much. >> thank you so much. >>> now to the unseasonably early and particularly brutal national drought already taking a early and brutal drought. if the forecasts are accurate, this drought could become one of the nation's worsts. it comes on the heels of a string of severe weather systems in recent months, from that rare and remarkable dust storm in phoenix to the devastating and deadly tornadoes that stunned the midwest. so just why are we seeing these extreme systems? damon morgland is with friends of the earth, and he joins us this afternoon. good afternoon, damon. we add the flooding in north dakota, a string of poppy .tornadoes, are we seeing the beginning of climate change? >> it certainly seems to be the case. scientists have long been telling us these kind of intense, ferocious storms, floods, droughts and wildfires were exactly the kind of thing we'll be seeing. you know, as we
her fate. i'm jon scott in for shepard smith. "the fox report" starts now. >> members of the jury, you may retire now to begin your deliberations. >> after weeks of battling, the lawyers got in their parting shots. >> there is nothing that is wrong with casey anthony that can't be explained using two words -- pathological liar. >> if you find casey anthony not guilty, they have not proved her guilt. >> now, it is for the jurors to decide. casey's fate is in their hands and her future is in the air. tonight, a potential life for death decision for the woman accused of murder. >>> plus, restoring a flag that flew at ground zero. >> we are going to have some where between 20,000, maybe 30,000 stitchs. >> and fixing this flag may be healing some hearts. >> it meant so much to me as a needleworker, as a mother of an american soldier who willingly volunteered his service and lost his life doing so. >> tonight on the rise of freedom, the true fabric of america. but first, from fox, on this fourth of july, the jury in the casey anthony trial spent nearly six hours considering her fate on their
on the panel, people depending on celebrities like jon stewart for their news. so it kind of ties in. >> thanks for joining us. have a great 4th of july! >> coming up next the casey anthony murder trial is expected to go to the jury tomorrow. the judge alex ferrerar will give us what jurors will soon face. >>> i'd like to wish a happy 4th of july in north carolina and also tennessee. happy 4th of july! at bayer, we're re-inventing aspirin for pain relief. with new extra-strength bayer advanc aspirin. it has microparticles, enters the bloodstream faster and rushes relief to the site of pain. it's clinically proven to relieve pain ice as fast. new bayer advanced aspirin. the motorola expert from sprint. its powerful tools help you work faster and smarter so you can get back to playing "angry birds." it lets you access business forms on the go, fire off e-mails with the qwerty keypad, and work securely around the world so you can get back to playing "angry birds." it's the android-powered phone that mixes business with pleasure. so let's get our work done, america, so we can all get back to playin
are saying it can be done. failure to do it would lead to economic meltdown. >> jon, thank you very much. joining me to discuss the road ahead is the white house chief of staff bill daley. thank you very much for joining us. you've heard what jon said. you've seen what speaker boehner has done last night. what's your reaction to the deal being pulled right now? >> it's very unfortunate the speaker made the comments he has. the president is committtt to solving this deficit possible for the future of america. he's looking forward to the meeting to play out his case. he's saying, it is time now to make the tough decisions. in this town, generally they kick the can. nobody wants to do the tough things. he's committed to do that. he's not giving up on trying to bring economic sanity to the city and that's his goal. >> is he still committed to the mega-deal, so to speak? because this is what is floated in the last several days that speaker boehner said no longer possible. will the president continue to push for that? >> the president believes it is time to solve this problem. time to give con
will not plan to go to iowa. that's questionable with mitt romney, the seeming front runner. jon huntsman has made it clear that he will not compete in iowa. he could be a formidable challenger. the question is will that steepen the victory for the people that come out of that state doing well or not? what inevitably happens in iowa is the person who comes out of that race comes out with a lot of momentum. what is important is not just the perception among voters, but the perception among donors. so what you will see is people cashing in on those victories. i think iowa is an important state no matter to compete staircase. how important it will be remains toe seen. host: kathy kiely is the politics managing editor. the numbers to call -- a story in "to "the huffington post" recently -- how does that play out in terms of candidates figuring out their strategy and carrying their message? guest: it plays out because this is one of the controversial aspects of our electi system. we use an electoral college system which makes certain states very important, states where the candidates know the batt
with more than $18 million already banked. ron paul, tim pawlenty and jon huntsman are all right around $4 million raised apiece. michele bachmann has not revealed the amount of her contributions yet. and newt gingrich so far is in the red for 2012. the former house speaker is at least $1 million in debt as he tries to recover after a large chunk of his staff quit back in june. >>> today we should learn whether montgomery county will open its first charter school. the county's board of education is scheduled to vote on two applications for charter schools. they open for the 2012-2013 school year. one is for a montessori school for kids preschool to third grade. the other school would serve kindergarten through eighth grade. >>> this morning, an about-face for d.c. mayor vine sent gray. he now says he supports plans to put a metro station above ground at dulles international airport. gray says this change comes after extensive talks with virginia governor bob mcdonald. he decided $300 billion was too expensive for an underground station. gray says the price tag would jeopardize the entire r
believe that -- and i think mr. cantor, my majority leader, i do believe that mitch mcconnell stan jon kyl all -- and jon kyl all spends the same view making sure there are no tax increases on the table. bill: good morning to you. do you like this mcconnell idea if your backs are against the wall notice end and you had to put something out there as a last-ditch option, would this be it? >> the first part i looked at, i haven't been able to read all the way through it, i don't like relinquishing our power to raise the debt for the president. we have a responsibility as members of congress to bring the accountability back to this country. i wouldn't want to relinquish it seeing what this president has done for job growth. just 18,000. canada has a smaller population than california grew more jobs than this president's administration. bill: if that's off the table, i think what mcconll was trying to do is force the white house to identify where the -- they wd cut to be specific about it. if that was something congress to chew on or more importantly the american people. >> i understand why mcc
that, and i think mr. cantor, the majority leader, i do believe that mitch mcconnell and jon kyl all share the same view. we need the biggest spending cut possible. making sure that there are no tax increases on the table. >> bret: why haven't house republicans moved forward their own plan? >> we have a number of members who just don't believe they should ever vote to increase the debt ceiling. >> bret: how are you going to get anything through? >> i think it's pretty clear that there is one option. one option that our members are talking about that. is, and i brought it up with the president today. that is linking the increase in the debt ceiling to real enforcement mechanisms, real budget mechanisms. one of them being a balanced budget amendment to the constitution. most americans believe that washington bought ought to be balanced every year. there has been a big effort to get a balanced budget amendment passed. i think it's one of those ideas where if you could get two-third of the house, or two-third of the senate to support a balanced budget amendment, it would certainly ease t
for millions of unemployed americans. >> meanwhile jon huntsman is participating in the iowa primary and he gave a pretty clear reason why at a campaign event in florida. >> i come to find that if you own the i-4 corridor you own florida. and if you own florida, you own the presidency. >> he also called the $14 trillion debt a cancer growing in this country that needs to be read ated and cut out. we want to invite you to watch meet if press this morning. guests tim pawlenty. david will be joined by treasury secretary tim geithner. that's this morning on "meet the press." >>> a report this morning in "the new york times" says the u.s. may suspend military aid to pakistan as defense secretary leon panetta visits afghanistan, the paper reports the possible halt of $800 million in assistance and equipment. that could have an effect on u.s. troops in afghanistan. the report says the aid could resume if pakistan takes tougher action against the taliban as well as al qaeda. meanwhile, secretary panetta told reporters on the plane it's time to focus on defeating al qaeda once and for all. >> i thin
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and cut, balance the budget she wants it to go further to defy the healthcare law. jon huntsman the other penal the resistor wants a stand-alone penal. they have become the next litmus test for republican candidates. >> it's a litmus test for me. i have said publicly i won't support any presidential candidate. in fact, i won't support any candidate for any federal office who is not willing to make the same commitment. >> the cut of cut, cap and balance would impose immediate spending cuts to reduce deficit by half next year. the cap would enforce enforceable cap to bring spending in line with annual revenue of 18% of the gdp. the balance would require house and senate passage of a balanced budget amendment to the constitution. some say the pledge out theed here in the web ad offers escape from the debt ceiling gridlock. >> if we could for the first time in american history pass to the house and senate a balanceed budget amendment, send it to the state for ratification, that is -- this could be one of the defining moments in american history where we get the right things put in place so we
the talks by vice president biden. the majority leader represented house republicans, jon kyl for senate republicans, and that vice president. they have been talking about all lot of cuts, both to discretionary and non- discretionary spending, but there the problem is that it does not seem to add at to what they would need to meet the president's requirements to get the country through the next election. that would be somewhere in the area of $2.4 trillion increase in the debt ceiling. john boehner has made it clear that for any increase in the debt ceiling, they will not need more than a one-one increased ratio. quite frankly the democrats have not agreed to that level of cuts. it looks like they will go back today, scour potential areas of saying that they have talked about, and see how much they can agree to and go from there. agree to and go from there. host: in your article from yesterday's with the headline " boehner tells conference big deal no longer operative," you said that there were criticisms for the grand bargain. he pays -- he faced opposition from eric cantor. they presen
in for jon scott. patti ann: i'm patti ann brown in for jenna lee, we are in the fox news room, "happening now", in the debt showdown, both sides digging in their heels before the debt defaults week away and the entire state of the u.s. economy hanging in the balance. now the president vows to keep calling meetings on cutting the the decifit and raising the limit on america's credit card until there is some sort of agreement. gregg: but the gop is standing firm against tax increases, while the president and democrats insist it has to be part of any equation that cuts benefit programs, for example, medicare, and house speaker john boehner, well now, he is squarely blaming the president, saying the debt limit is his problem, adding that the president talks a good game, but when it comes time to make these tough decisions, he can't quite pull the trigger. patti ann: and wendell goler right now is live at the white house with the very latest on the the debt debate. hi wendell. >> >> reporter: hi patti ann. it's going to be almost as hot in the cabinet room as it is out here, when the president
's paired with jon stewart on the daily show, done charlie road, he's done numerous talk shows, and he's incredibly adept at not answering questions. [laughter] but i'm going to try. >> i was waiting for a compliment. [laughter] >> that was a compliment. >> okay. >> that was a compliment. [laughter] you, you -- in the beginning of your remarks you talked about public diplomacy and what challenge it was for both our countries. you were quoted recently as talking about remarks you made at pakistan's national defense university where you asked your audience, um, who pakistan's enemy was. you asked them how many of them thought that al-qaeda was the enemy, and not too many raised their hands. you asked them whether india was the enemy, and not too many raised their hands, a few more. and then you asked them if the united states was the enemy, and that's where you got most of the hands raised. that is something in this country just find in explicable, just can't understand. they say, my gosh, we've given pakistan $20 billion over the past eight or nine years and, granted, that's kind of a p
pawlenty, and jon huntsman all reported about $4 million raised. michele bachmann has not revealed the amount of her contributions so far. and newt gingrich has had a rough second quarter, ending it in the red. the former house speaker is at least a million dollars in debt as he tries to recover from a large chunk of his staff quitting back in june. >>> jury selection for roger clemens' perjury trial enters its second day today. the former cy young award winner is accused of lying about his use of performance enhancing drugs. his former trainer told authorities he personally injected clemens with steroids and human growth hormone. there are some big names on the potential witness list, including former sluggers blairry bonds and mark mcgwire and joe torre, and brian cashman. >>> this morning the founder of pakistan's nuclear weapons program says north korea paid millions of dollars to senior pakistani military officials in exchange for nuclear technology. "the washington post" reports the kickbacks occurred in 1998, and it published a letter describing that secret deal. if it's tru
for millions of unemployed americans. >> jon huntsman is not participating in the iowa primary. he gave a pretty clear indication why at a campaign event in florida. >> if you own florida, you own the presidency. >> he also called the $14 trillion debt a cancer growing in this country that needs to be read ated and cut out. >>> the u.s. may decide to withhold millions in military aid to pakistan. this is according to a "new york times" report. the u.s. is said to be unhappy with the efforts that pakistani army has been making against the taliban as well as al qaeda. as well as $800 million in assistance could be suspended. this could cause some major problems. if pakistan takes tougher action, the aid could resume. mean while, defense secretary leon panetta is in afghanistan. panetta is meeting with american military leaders and afghan officials. nbc's atia abawi is in kabul this morning. bring us up to speed on what leon panetta is saying that al qaeda is basically on the run and close to being completely stamped out. >> reporter: good morning, thomas. the new secretary of defense's fi
and jon kyl to come up with a version of the biden plan that they claimed can pass both house and the senate. in iowa, republican presidential hopefuls ramp up their game plan. is that straw poll or something coming up in a month? >>> and the opening bell has just rung on wall street. investors are preparing for second quarter earnings that kick off today. a few other stories making headlines. developing news out of syria right now, where witnesses say protesters loyal to president bashar al assad from broken in into the syrian capital in damascus. this is days after u.s. delegates visited the capital. another shocker from the now defunct british tabloid, the "news of the world." britain's "daily mirror" reports that "news of the world" journalists tried to hack the phone records of 9/11 victims, and the scandal is now jeopardizing rupert murdoch'sed by to buy bskyb. >>> a brutal weekend in mexico as violence between rival drug gangs kills at least 40 people in the last 36 hours. the violence included ten bodies found decapitated in northern mexico. more than 40,000 have died
for joining us. you've heard what jon said. you've seen what speaker boehner did. what's your relakes to the deal nono >> it's very unfortunate the speaker made the comments he has. the president is committed to solving this deficit possible for the future of america. he's looking forward to the meeting to play out his case. he's saying, it is time now to make the tough decisions. in this town, generally they kick the can. nobody wants to do the tough things. he's committed to do that. he's not giving up on trying to bring economic sanity to the city and that's his goal. >> is he still committed to the megadeal, so to speak? because this is what is floated in the lastt several days that speaker boehner said no longer possible. will the continue to push? >> the president believes it is time to solve this problem. time to give confidence to the american people, give confidence to the world. obviously no one wants a default. we shouldn't be close to this situation but it is a result of congress's republican, democratic, republican presidents and democratic presidents who committed the co
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